Social and Emotional Learning
Performance Character is the foundation of school culture at Athlos Academy of Jefferson Parish. The program promotes 12 key character traits, including grit, leadership, and social intelligence.
Indicators of Success
Providing a high-quality Performance Character program is as important to Athlos as providing a high-quality mathematics, or literacy program. In fact, research indicates that the development of Performance Character traits such as optimism, and courage may be more closely linked to a student's long-term success in college and career than GPA.
Building School Community
The Performance Character curriculum helps students feel more connected to their peers, teachers, and to the school community. This leads to greater levels of engagement and motivation. Athlos Academy of Jefferson Parish students are well equipped to overcome obstacles in a relentless pursuit of success and turn moments of failure into learning opportunities from which they grow.
Along with an academic report card, students and families receive regular feedback on a student's growth in each trait. This information serves as a community-wide opportunity to discuss a student's success and challenges, to hold each other accountable, and to build strong and positive relationships as students develop these Performance Character traits.
Character Huddles and Reflections
Athlos performance attributes are especially integral to turf activities where coaches and teachers relate them to student progress and goals. Performance Character huddles regularly bring a class together to discuss and be challenged by an idea related to a Performance Character trait. To complement this exercise, reflections allow students to “teach the concept back.”
By understanding what Performance Character traits are and why they matter, Athlos students are able to define an abstract concept and relate it to their lives.
Performance Character Traits
Rising up to meet the challenges and persevering in spite of failure
Making responsible decisions and motivating others to action
Navigating relationships and interactions with respect and confidence
Thinking "outside the box" and solving problems with innovation
Taking risks and standing up for what is right
Engaging in life with enthusiasm and excitement each day
Taking action to help ourselves and others without being asked
Finding wonder and passion in the experience of learning
Striving to do the right thing all the time
Believing that effort today improves tomorrow
Allowing accomplishments to speak for themselves
Focusing of minds and bodies by resisting distractions and actively concentrating